China Breaks Ground on New Nuclear Power Project
China broke ground on its 3 billion yuan nuclear power project that is said to be the first in the world that will be using a fourth generation features in its reactor that will be utilize for commercial use. This will also mark China’s move in speeding up its nuclear power development that was temporarily placed on hold after the nuclear crisis in Japan in 2011.
The project started construction at Shidao Day in Rongcheng last month, the plant builder Huaneng Shandong Shidao Bay Nuclear Power Co. said that the plant has a designed capacity of 200 megawatts and has the characteristics of a fourth generation nuclear energy system. The plant is a high temperature and gas cooled reactor will be operational and will be generating power by 2017.
The reactor which is independently developed by Tsinghua University has features of inherent safety and passive nuclear safety that is in line with the fourth generation type of reactor. This means that the reactor can shut down safely in emergencies without causing a core meltdown or leakage of radioactive material. A reactor has an outlet temperature of 750 degree Celsius compared to a high temperature and gas cooled reactor that has an outlet temperature of 1,000 degrees Celsius that is an internationally accepted fourth generation concept.
There are 15 nuclear power generating units in China that are operational with a total installed capacity of 12.54 Gigawatts plus another 26 units being constructed that will add 29.24 Gigawatts of power to the total energy output in China.